Daily Dot: Don’t fall for this Selene Delgado Lopez Facebook hoax. “If you’ve recently noticed Facebook posts claiming that user Selene Delgado Lopez is in your inbox or friends list, you aren’t alone. Users are sending out warnings—either through DM or by a public post—alleging that the profile is listed in nearly every Facebook user’s friend list.”
Poynter: Hoaxes about coronavirus tests have political uses and can push patients away. “Who has the right to be tested for the 2019 coronavirus? Only those with symptoms, or also those who are in quarantine but feeling fine? How much does the test cost? Will uninsured people have to pay out of pocket? Or is the government covering testing costs? Over the past week, the volume of false answers to those questions on social media caught the attention of fact-checkers that are part of the #CoronaVirusFacts/#DatosCoronaVirus alliance.”
Ohio State News: Flagging false Facebook posts as satire helps reduce belief. “Researchers at The Ohio State University found that flagging inaccurate political posts because they had been disputed by fact-checkers or fellow Facebook users was not as good at reducing belief in the falsehoods or stopping people from sharing them.However, labeling inaccurate posts as being humor, parody or a hoax did reduce Facebook users’ belief in the falsehoods and resulted in significantly less willingness to share the posts.”
BuzzFeed News: Here Are The April Fools’ Jokes That Were Particularly Cruel This Year. “Unless you’re a corporation or a cop with the cop password to your cop social media account, April Fools’ Day is something to be dreaded. This year, however, the day really outdid itself. Not only have big brands shared the usual cast of fake products, fake events, and troll-y food combinations, they’ve also pranked us with ideas that could, and should, exist.” If something is supposed to be an April Fool joke, and you announce it on March 29, that’s stupid.
TechCrunch: 20 years for swatter who got a man killed . “Tyler Barriss, a prolific and seemingly unremorseful repeat swatter and bomb hoaxer whose fakery got a man killed in 2017, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. This hopefully closes the book on a long and disturbing career of random and mercenary harassment and threats.”
The Verge: YouTube is demonetizing all videos about Momo. “YouTube isn’t running ads on videos about the recent Momo Challenge resurgence, even those coming from respected news organizations and popular creator commentators.”